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The best romantic getaways in NY State

Escape NYC with these upstate and out-of-state romantic getaways, with high-end resorts, ski trips and other vacations


Next time you want to get away with your boo, these romantic getaways in NY state will certainly come in handy, from idyllic upstate locales to romantic hotels with some of the best spas that challenge the best spas in NYC. And if you’re looking to include the Big Apple in your itinerary too, check out the city’s most romantic things to do.

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Romantic getaways in NY

1. Chester: The Glenmere Mansion

From NYC: 1hr 15min by train

If you want to feel like royalty for a weekend, stay at this Hudson Valley hideaway where legit kings and queens have rested their heads. That's right, this adult-only country estate was once a private retreat for members of the royal family. There are only 18 rooms and suites—and a grand piano player willing to take requests—so you'll feel as if it's your own private mansion. 634 Pine Hill Rd, Chester (845-469-1900,

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2. New Paltz: Mohonk Mountain House

From NYC: 1hr 50min by train

The only decision you'll have to make at this all-inclusive resort is how many of the activities you want to try. On the list of options is an indoor pool, an ice rink, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and tubing, not to mention additional extensive offerings like a cocktail tasting in a stunning Victorian castle. Most meals are served buffet-style, and afternoon tea and cookies are available in a fireside lounge. 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz (845-765-3286,


3. Saugerties: Smythe House

From NYC: 1hr 55min by car

There are bed-and-breakfasts, and then there are bed-and-breakfasts with meals made by legit chefs. Your hosts here, Mr. and Mrs. Smythe, are both alumni of the Culinary Institute of America and welcome guests to their Victorian home for exceptional meals. Start your day right with a personalize gourmet breakfast in bed, then mosey out to the Catskills Park to work up an appetitive for your next meal. 158 Burt St, Saugerties (845-246-3788,

4. Bridgehampton: Topping Rose House

From NYC: 2hrs by car; 2hrs 40min by train

The Hamptons might be your go-to place for summer fun, but it offers a cozy couples getaway at any time, too. Even when it’s cold out and you can’t lounge on the beach, relax in this beautifully restored 1842 Greek revival mansion. The property includes a main house, four modern cottages, a restaurant, wellness facilities, a one-acre farm and a restored barn. 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton 631-537-0870,



5. Cooperstown: The Otesaga Resort Hotel

From NYC: 4hrs by car; 1hr flight

This quintessential American town is the perfect destination for a cozy weekend that’s not overly lovey-dovey. Sports fans will be satisfied after hitting up the Baseball Hall of Fame, then you can focus on your bae during an intimate candlelight dinner at this hotel's Hawkeye Bar and Grill, which offers locally sourced, organic food and sweeping views of the famed Glimmerglass Lake. Finally, retire to your federal-style room to hit your own home run. 60 Lake St, Cooperstown (607-547-9931,

6. Ithaca: Firelight Camps

From NYC: 4hrs 18min by car, 1hr 15min flight

This one’s for the couple that loves to spend quality time in nature. We agree, the idea of “roughing it” outdoors isn’t a huge turn on, but just wait until you stay at this campground, which operates like a high-quality hotel. Made with a high thread count, Firelight Camps’ off-the-grid tents are warmly lit, with battery-powered lanterns, comfortable furniture (yes, even a real bed) and mesh screens to keep pests away. Your stay includes a complimentary breakfast, a happy hour tasting of Finger Lakes craft beverages, accesses to daily campfires and more. And just think of all the rustic and romantic Instagram opportunities! 1150 Danby Road, Ithaca, New York (607-229-1644,

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7. Rochester: Edward Harris House

From NYC: 5hrs by car

Indulge yourself with culture and rejuvenation at this fully restored 1896 bed-and-breakfast. The boutique inn offers guests a romantic sanctuary right next to the heart of the Rochester Arts/Cultural district, which is packed with urban village shops, fine dining, cafes and galleries to explore. Seriously—they’re all just one block away! 35 Argyle St, Rochester (585-473-9752,

8. Finger Lakes: Geneva On the Lake

From NYC: 5hrs by car

You’ll feel like you're in another world at this Italian-style villa perched on the edge of Seneca Lake. Every little detail will transport you back in time, from the elaborate Lancellotti Dining Room and marble columns to the 17th-century chairs, wall tapestries and four-poster beds. As a bonus, the elegant lakeside resort is situated on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail in upstate New York’s lush wine country, making it very easy to grab a glass. 1001 Lochland Rd, Geneva (315-789-7190,


9. Lake Placid: Lake Placid Lodge

From NYC: 5hrs by car; 6hrs 30min by bus

Okay, fine, it seems a little counterintuitive to cure cabin fever by staying in an actual cabin. But this waterside retreat features 30 polished wood-and-stone rooms in cottages furnished with local antique furniture. You probably won't want to leave your comfy abode, but if you do, there's the romantic Artisans restaurant serving up exceptional regional cuisine with the towering Adirondacks mountains as a backdrop. 144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid (518-523-2700,

10. Beacon: Roundhouse

From NYC: 1hr and 29mins by car; 1hr and 59mins by train

Here’s a good excuse to chase waterfalls. At Roundhouse in Beacon, couples can enjoy the romanticism of nature during their stay on the historic property, which overlooks a gorgeous waterfall and a lovely creek. Fret not, as the green-filled area has plenty of outside entertainment to offer. Check out the Dia:Beacon art museum, enjoy brunch at a nearby cafe and sift for vintage threads and antiques in the charming town. For dinner, grab a decadent bite at the hotel’s restaurant serving hearty meals such as grass-fed ribeye, gnocchi and Long Island Duck breast before retiring for the evening inside your cozy and airy room. 2 East Main Street, Beacon (845-765-8369,


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11. Saratoga Springs: Brentwood

From NYC: 3hrs by car; 4hrs and 30mins by train

Balancing both elegance and homestyle comfort, Brentwood Hotel is the perfect oasis for any couple who wants to enjoy a luxurious weekend away without feeling too pretentious. The historic grounds, located on the former Saratoga Race course, are a rustic lover’s dream equipped with an outdoor lounge area with a fire pit for roasting s’mores. The hotel encourages you to go out and explore Saratoga, as they've partnered with Linus bikes and allow guests to rent two-wheelers and explore the State Park. After discovering the romantic surroundings, enjoy a nitecap at the as the cozy and welcoming bar serving fantastic cocktail. Then, spend a blissful night in your classic but modern boudoir. 15 Gridley Ave, Saratoga Springs (518-450-7861,

12. Windham: Cuomo's Cove

From NYC: 2hrs and 36mins by car

What could be more romantic or picturesque than spending a weekend in a log cabin surrounded by the gorgeous Catskill mountains? You'll truly feel as if you and your S.O. are the only souls on the premises of Cuomo's Cove when you reserve one of their luxury suites featuring amenities such as a kitchen, in which you can cook a romantic meal for two, and a private outdoor hot tub or indoor Jacuzzi. 33 Cuomo's Cove Road, Windham (518-734-5903,

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